The American Airlines Center was rocking on Saturday night for the HBO Boxing After Dark Card. Over 5600 people were on hand for the most heated rivalry in Boxing. The Mexico vs. Puerto Rico boxing rivalry. The fans had their respected country flags waving and chants were signing all night. This unfortunately was the highlight of the night for me because the fight card was awful! Top Rank Boxing should give out refunds for fans that paid $250 a ticket for ringside seats. There was only 1 fight that was competitive on the card out of the 6 that I watched the whole night. Lets get to the main event first.
Mikey Garcia had missed his contacted weight of 126 the night before so he had to vacate his title. He also had to pay Juanma Lopez a reported $150,000 out of his purse to make sure the fight went on. Lopez was going to pull out otherwise. The thought from some in the boxing world was that Juanma was damaged goods going into this fight. It turned out to be true. Juanma was dominated in this fight. The First Round was a feeling out round. Juanma was dropped in the 2nd round. The worst part of that was Juanma's Wife and kids came running down the aisle by me crying and headed back to the dressing room. Who brings little kids to watch a fight in the first place but that is for another time. It was just a matter of time before Garcia finished him and the end came in the 4th Round. Garcia is headed for another big payday in Sept, as for Juanma this ends his time as a show case fighter.
The rest of the fights were utter mismatches. Terrence Crawford undefeated 25 year old Lightweight looked good against a human heavy bag, this was the first fight on HBO. The other fights I watched were one-sided blow outs. As for the rest of the night as a life long fight fan it was thrill for me to get to meet Big George Foreman, Roy Jones Jr and Jim Lampley after the fight. I thought Dallas had a good turn out for this fight and I hope this will attract more high profile fights to the American Airlines Center.